Race Preview: 2015 Run Like A Mother 5K and Kid’s dash

If you don’t already have plans to sleep in on Mother’s Day (May 10th), head on over to the beautiful Cook Park for Run Like A Mother and walk or run a 5K in honor of your mother, sister, friend, wife or for yourself.  Guys are completely welcome to register and walk or run at this event as well.  A friend of mine says “If you can’t ‘run like a mother’ you can ‘run like a mother is chasing you.'”

In all seriousness, this should be a fun event as it is being put together with Moms RUN This Town and accurate chip timing provided by Uberthons.  The race beneficiary is Northwest Mothers Milk Bank.   Race location this year has shifted to Cook Park with plenty of close parking, a playground for the kids to play on and a beautiful canopy of trees to run under.  Start and finish will be at Shelter #4, which is the closest to the parking, restrooms, and play structure for the kids.

While the course promises to be a pretty one, there will also be a bit of a challenge in there too with a hill thrown in within the first mile.  After having beat the challenge of this steep little hill, there will also be the decent as the course loops back.  this could be something a little tricky with a stroller, but otherwise the course is described as fairly flat.  The course will start at shelter #4 in Cook Park and the course will follow the Tualatin River and wind through Durham City Park before looping back around to Cook Park. Runners will continue through Cook Park and loop back around to the start/finish area.

5K participants will receive a Jockey tech shirt, reusable bag and a finisher’s medal along with a rose.   

Pre-Race Day Packet Pick up will be at Sports Authority, 3485 Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard, Beaverton, OR. Race Day Packet pick-up will be available from 6:30-7:30AM near the start/finish line.​

I ran this race last year, when it was held in Hillsboro and it was my favorite 5K last year.  It was my first race I’ve ever ran on Mother’s day, and well, probably the first Mother’s day i had ever celebrated as a runner.  Although I had raced a half marathon the day before (and raced hard for a PR) I enjoyed the race so very much.  The festive environment, the energy of the participants and thought they were pretty heavy… it was so much fun to celebrate “my day” with pushing my kids in “The Behemouth” double stroller.  Setting a healthy example to kids and being active is very important to me.  They enjoyed chanting “Go, Mama, go Mama, GO!” and ringing their cow bells as we passed other runners and walker on the course.  Hopefully someday soon they’ll be out running WITH me instead of hitching a ride.  I hope you can come out and check this event out this year!  The race is hosted in eleven cities around the US and we are one of them.

The mission of Run Like a Mother® is to fuel a woman’s journey toward health and wellness. Empower with education and training programs. Inspire with communities, events and races. Enable through programs and partnerships. Run Like a Mother® Isn’t Just a Race, It’s Our Way of Life.

Race Details:
When:  May 10th, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 am for day of packet pickup and race day registration.
Kids race starts at 8:00 am
5K walk and run starts at 8:30am

Where: Cook Park ( 17005 SW 92nd Ave, Tigard, OR 97224)

Registration:  5k is $45 for ages 4 and above and the Kids one mile fun run (for ages 4 to 11) is $25.

Website:  Run Like A Mother


5K route


Kids’ one mile loop


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